The Terrific Exploits of Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s One-Eyed Kingmaker

Unlike most 24-year-old men, Sebastian Vettel will spend this weekend driving a Formula One car as the sports’s youngest back-to-back drivers’ champion, in an excellent place to make it three in a row. Like everyone with titanic achievements, he didn’t do it by himself. A major contributor to his success was a strange… » 3/16/12 8:30am 3/16/12 8:30am

Colin Chapman’s simple and chilling definition of a Formula One race car

To see the most interesting document at the Frankfurt Motor Show, one had to get a particular stool at Lotus then not sit down on it. Beneath a layer of glass was a page from Colin Chapman’s notebook from the summer of 1975 which contains many of his iconic quotes about Formula One cars. Some are simple, some are… » 9/16/11 1:30pm 9/16/11 1:30pm

Performance through lightweight explained

This photo of the Team Lotus pits at the 1970 British Grand Prix finally reveals what Lotus founder Colin Chapman (background, with stopwatch) meant by performance through lightweight. It’s nothing to do with pencil-thin suspension pieces or cross-drilled aluminum parts and all to do with having British supermodel… » 8/09/11 2:30pm 8/09/11 2:30pm